How to plant radishes


Planting radishes. The fastest maturing garden crop and popular in every garden. Radishes are hardy but cannot withstand summer heat or severe freezing. They thrive as fall, winter, and spring crops in the South, as spring and autumn crops in the North; and in areas of high altitudes and northern regions with cool summers they thrive from early spring to late fall.

They are in prime condition only a few days after they are taken from the ground, and successive small plantings should be scheduled for every 10 days or 2 weeks if the gardener wants to keep them available. A few yards of a row planted at a time will provide all the radishes the average family will use. The soil should be rich, moist, and crumbly. Use rotted manure and commercial fertilizer.

Plant the seeds rinch apart in rows foot apart. Cover the seeds with 1/2 inch of soil. An ounce of seed is enough for zoo feet of row. For small, round radishes, various strains of Scarlet Globe, Sparkler, and Scarlet Turnip are most popular, while Long Scarlet Short Top, Cincinnati Market, and White Icicle are most widely used of the small, long type. They mature in 3 or 4 weeks under good conditions.

Gardeners will find it worth while to give attention to the so-called winter radishes, which are large in size and take 75 days or more to develop. Winter varieties include Rose China, Long Black Spanish, Round Black Spanish, and Chinese White Winter. They should be planted 3 inches apart in rows 20 inches apart, with the seeds covered to a depth of 1/2 inch. One ounce of seed serves a row of 100 feet.

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